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At last Justified gets back to the heart of the show. This episode felt more like the Justified I know and love. We finally get to see Raylan in his world as a marshal.
First I want to tip my hat to Nick Searcy’s wife, Leslie Riley, for a great job portraying Art’s wife. She has done what nobody else has dared to do, set Raylan straight. When Raylan gives her his picturesque view of Winona strolling through a park with their baby, she cuts right through his bull. “But you don’t know do you? Because you’re not where you’re needed. Where you can do the most good.” With those words she tells Raylan he is not living up to his responsibilities – not with his daughter and not with Art. I loved that scene.
It was no shock when we see Art get shot, after all they showed it in the teasers. He clings to life in the hospital as the marshals go into overdrive to catch the shooter. The event seems to pull the marshals together. Tim even reaches out to Raylan in an invitation to chase down Darryl Crowe before the new chief arrives. Surprisingly, Raylan turns him down after telling him “You don’t know Art as well as I do.”
It was good to see the marshals working together. Even Vasquez joins in the effort. This is the most time we have spent in the office for quite a while.
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Olyphant finally came alive in this episode. The rest of the season he has just drifted through his scenes with an air of boredom. This week Raylan had a new spark in his eye. Raylan has a purpose and Darryl Crowe will undoubtedly feel his wrath.
Get Free Shipping On All Domestic Orders Over $99This episode does see an old plot revisited. Kendall confessing to Art’s shooting to cover for Darryl is shades of Arlo confessing to Boyd’s crime. I considered Kendall might actually be the shooter but his story is BS, so I must conclude it was Darryl.
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For the first time all season, the show flowed together with the exception of Ava’s part. Ava’s story just does not belong. It has gone way past the point of becoming weary. When this plot appears it is as if we have been thrust into an entirely different show, one I don’t care to watch. We can only hope this storyline ends soon.
While Boyds, story finally intersects with Raylan’s, I still find it redundant. I suppose we were supposed to be shocked when Boyd blows up Picker with the cigarette package. I wasn’t. Were you? The whole emphasis of the scene is on the package. You knew it was coming. So no big surprise. The big surprise to me is why nobody in the hotel seems to react to an explosion. I guess blood spattered Boyd just strolls through the lobby and walks out.
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I don’t quite understand why the writers were so determined to make sure that Raylan wasn’t a larger than life hero and yet they are ok with Boyd being a larger than life bad guy. . Raylan can’t be the rogue cop who shoots people every week with no consequences and is invincible. Yet that is exactly the Boyd they seem to be creating. He kills people every week and yet he is seemingly never questioned. He outsmarts all his enemies with ease and overpowers everyone in the room. I get the impression we are supposed to admire him. I am sorry but if our admiration lies with the drug dealing, murderer what does that say about us?
I don’t know where the longest drug deal in history is going and I really don’t care much. The drug deal just keeps gaining new players (maybe because most of the old players are murdered). Mary Steenburgen is yet another unnecessary character they have thrown at us. I don’t see her relevance nor do I care for the character.
I knew Rachel becoming chief was on the way. It will be interesting to see how that plays out between her and Raylan. Anyone remember the end of Season Four when everyone told Raylan he was going to get a big promotion for bringing in Drew Thompson. Apparently the writers don’t remember as we have heard nothing about it since. It is my considered opinion that Raylan would not want the chief’s job. Desk duty is not for Raylan but still his promotion vanished rather quietly.
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The stage is set for Raylan and Darryl’s faceoff. Raylan tells him Art is the only man who means anything to him, so we can only imagine the lengths Raylan will go to in order to bring Darryl the retribution he deserves. I am sure the last two episodes of the season will see Raylan doing his best to bring this about.
So all in all I enjoyed this episode. It sets a lot of things in motion and leaves a lot of questions.
We will have to wait and see how things play out.
I had a couple ofl favorite lines. Art to Allison about Raylan – “If I say it is child abuse will you take custody?”
Boyd “I guess this hotel takes that smoking rule more seriously than I thought. “
Vasquez “Both my grandmothers look like Edward James Olmos.”
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